All around us technology is advancing and becoming more readily available. Assistive Technology helps people with learning disabilities become more independent so they need less paid support. Assistive Technology is life enhancing, helping people do things they were previously unable to do on their own, or had great difficulty doing on their own. Personalised Technology takes Assistive Technology a step further. It tailors available technology to suit individual needs and the unique lives our service users lead. Personalised Technology is about finding the right technology to provide the level of independence a service user actually wants to have.
Augusta Care is passionate about empowering the people we support by providing them with their own homes, and control over their life and future. We want to help our service users live the life they want to live more independently so they can achieve their goals, dreams and aspirations. We recognise that Assistive and Personalised Technology can help us facilitate independence and ensure safe living at home and away.
Examples of Assistive Technology that can be personalised:
- Apps like the GPS WakeUp app and the Pill Time app. The GPS WakeUp app sounds an alarm when the user is a mile from their train stop, reminding users to get off and giving them more confidence to travel alone. The Pill Time app reminds the user to take their medication and helps them take it correctly, so the user is less reliant on support staff.
- Security technology like the scan in finger print lock and the video entry handset are allowing individuals to unlock their homes without a key, see and speak to who is at the door and choose who comes into their home. This also helps with call monitoring and makes sure people receive support when they need it.
- Voice prompt technology is now available to remind individuals about key tasks around the house, whilst talking scales and microwaves assist people in daily living.
The Hft virtual smart house
"The Virtual Smart House shows some of the technologies that a person with a learning disability may use around their home to improve their independence and increase their safety." You can learn more about the virtual smart house here and read real life stories about how Personalised Technology has helped improve the lives of people like Gaynor, Amanda and Lorraine.
Personalised Technology can help people with learning difficulties:
- Become more independent and make more choices about their life
- Communicate more effectively
- Feel safer at home and out and about
- Become part of their local community
- Experience more privacy
- Achieve better standards in personal care
How we're applying Assistive and Personalised Technology
At Augusta Care, we're training our team and embracing a new way of working. We want to focus on being led by the people we support, working with them to establish how we can use Personalised Technology in their daily lives, to enable them to live the life they want, with the people they want, and in the home they want. We're striving to ensure Personalised Technology is a key part of the support plans we create with our service users.
Watch this space because team members, Suzanne and Tara will be visiting Norwich to see an Assistive Technology house, so there's much more to follow. Are you as excited about Personalised Technology as we are?